Spring 2024 Call for Participation: Open Educational Resources in Caribbean Studies

February 19, 2024

Overview & Purpose

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is pleased to announce its second call for open educational resources (OER) in Caribbean studies. Please see the 2022-2023 stipend recipients and read the project page for additional details. 

This project builds on over a decade of efforts across dLOC’s network of educators to share teaching tools, ideas, and practices. From syllabi to recorded lectures, lesson plans to selections of primary sources, educators frequently share valuable teaching resources with one another, but often these resources are inaccessible or unknown to the broader community. 

dLOC will establish a WordPress-based publishing platform devoted to disseminating and promoting this work. Emphasizing collaboration, knowledge sharing, and network building across languages and geographies, dLOC seeks projects that spur creative and critical pedagogical practices in Caribbean studies, with particular focus on projects that build upon, enhance, or complement the archival collections in dLOC. 

We encourage applications from adjunct, part-time, and full time college and university educators, independent scholars, librarians, archivists, curators, instructional designers, and graduate students from a range of disciplines and institution-types. We especially seek applications from individuals and groups based in the Caribbean. 

This project is made possible with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Projects

Projects must be primarily intended for higher education or post-secondary students and relevant to Caribbean studies. Projects may or may not be directly connected to a formal course. We welcome projects in any language of the Caribbean.

Projects may include: 

  • Curated primary source sets: small, topic-based collections of primary source images, documents, audio/visual clips, and artifacts from dLOC and other libraries, organized around a topic in Caribbean studies and including a teaching guide with suggestions and ideas for using the selected primary sources in the classroom. See primary source sets by the DPLA for examples and ideas: https://dp.la/primary-source-sets
  • Classroom editions or readers containing public domain or open access (OA) literature;
  • Syllabi, assignments, or lesson plans;
  • Course modules or textbook chapters;
  • Datasets, documented and contextualized for classroom use;
  • Recorded mini-documentaries or short lecture content;
  • Digital exhibits or websites useful for teaching or student research;
  • Projects co-created with students, including documentation of the approach to open pedagogy.

Selection Process and Criteria

An advisory committee made up of experts in Caribbean studies, digital pedagogy, and instructional design will review, select and provide constructive feedback on projects. Each project will be approached on its specific merits. Selection of projects will include the following considerations:

  • Projects that build upon, enhance, or complement the collections in dLOC; we are particularly interested in primary source sets: projects that curate and contextualize  images, documents, audio/visual clips, and artifacts from the collections in dLOC;
  • Prioritization of projects that center histories and knowledges that have been historically, persistently, or systematically marginalized in scholarly and popular narratives of the Caribbean;
  • Prioritization of projects in Creole languages, or multiple languages;
  • Feasibility: projects that are reasonable to complete within 6-12 months using tools and file formats that are easy to maintain. Awardees will have access to dLOC-supported platforms, such as WordPress, and Pressbooks: https://ufl.pb.unizin.org/about/;
  • Clarity: information is clear, concise and understandable with adequate context provided for any jargon/technical terminology used;
  • Enduring relevance: content will remain relevant for a long period of time;
  • Other criteria as applicable for the unique needs of each project.

To compensate participants for both the labor of creating educational resources and their decision to share them freely with a broad audience, the project will award an honorarium of between $2,000 and $5,000. The stipend will depend on the complexity of the project; applicants will be asked to indicate which amount they are applying for, though the final award will be determined by the advisory committee. Awards of $2,000 should be for projects that may be completed in no more than six months; awards of $5,000 may be completed in no more than one year.

Final projects will be shared through dLOC and other platforms as appropriate (e.g., YouTube, OER repositories). By default, projects will be shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license,[1] though there may be cases where another license is appropriate. dLOC supports fair use and fair dealing in the creation of educational resources; as one guide, please see the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OER.[2]

How to apply

By April 17 at 11:59 pm EST, please complete the linked application form and upload a letter of interest (~500 words) as a single document (PDF) with the following: 

  • A brief description of your project
  • How your project builds upon, enhances, adapts, or complements dLOC collections
  • The amount of funding ($2,000 or $5,000) you are requesting
  • Intended audience and potential ways to support outreach and dissemination
  • A brief work plan indicating any activities where you may need support from dLOC staff

Please direct any questions to Tania M. Ríos Marrero, dLOC Project Coordinator, at triosmarrero@ufl.edu.

Timeline 

  • Proposals will be due on April 17, 2024
  • Decisions on proposals will be complete and communicated by end of May 2024
  • Completed projects will be due by November 2024 or May 2025, depending on the complexity of the project and amount awarded.

Eligibility

We encourage applications from adjunct, part-time, and full time college and university educators, independent scholars, librarians, archivists, curators, instructional designers, and graduate students from a range of disciplines and institution-types. 

We welcome participation from educators worldwide and especially encourage applications from those based in the Caribbean.

[1] https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode 

[2] https://cmsimpact.org/code/open-educational-resources/

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